Well, tomorrow marks the beginning of what will certainly be the most action packed six months of my young life. For starters, I will be living in the capital of Ghana, Accra, for two months. Highlights of this will hopefully include a safari and visits to "Mountain Paradise", a monkey sanctuary, and the Cape Coast slave castles. (mentioned this in another thread). I also hope to develop my street photography skills here as I expect the city to be filled with life and interesting people (3.5 million of them, actually). For this trip I'll be relying on my trusty E-PL1, as I wasn't able to get my hands on the new EM-5 in time. Upon my return to the states at the beginning of August, I'll have about 10 days to gather myself, hopefully acquire an EM-5, and get packed again for a venture to Southeast Asia. Two weeks in Singapore to hopefully hit all the best locations, and 5 days or so in Koh Samui, Thailand. Any recommended stops I should make in Singapore or Koh Samui? From there I'll head to Gold Coast, Australia for a semester of school at Bond University. I expect to visit Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, do some skydiving and hopefully some scuba diving/surfing. Maybe I'll get the chance to visit Melbourne, too. And after that 3 month span, I plan to conclude with a week in New Zealand (south island). It seems like a photographer's paradise, so I can only hope you all have some advice for me here! I have an additional week of open time as well, and, funds permitting, I might spend more time in Australia,visit Bali, or return to Singapore. Well, I'm terribly sorry for rambling, but I felt this post was appropriate for the :43: forums because I will be all over the place for nearly 6 months, and I won't have to worry about being worn down by equipment at all I'd love to hear any advice, input, thoughts or recommendations any of you seasoned travelers (and seasoned photographers) might have for me regarding equipment and sites to see. All the best.